The Patriots selected Georgia RB Sony Michel with the 31st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s the first 1st-round RB for New England since Laurence Maroney in 2006. That didn’t work out so well, but Michel has the potential to fare much better. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry across his 4-year college career and flashed pass-catching ability with seasons of 26 and 22 grabs. Michel is electric in the open field with surprising power. The biggest concern is a lengthy injury history that includes a torn ACL and a pair of ankle injuries. This is a exciting landing spot for Michel. New England’s backfield is crowded on paper, but Rex Burkhead, James White, Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee are all role players. Consider Michel the odds-on favorite to lead the 2018 backfield in touches.

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The Patriots have placed RB Sony Michel on IR with his quad injury. He's out for at least the next 3 games but is expected to return "relatively quickly" after that, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Still, Michel is not a must-hold on fantasy rosters. His absence gives Damien Harris -- and perhaps Rex Burkhead -- a shot to take over as New England's lead back.

The Patriots have downgraded RB Sony Michel (quad) to out for tonight's game against the Chiefs. That should leave Rex Burkhead, James White, J.J. Taylor and Damien Harris as the top 4 RBs. It's tough to know how New England will divvy up playing time, especially with Harris yet to play in a game this season. All are in play for various fantasy formats to close out Week 4, though. We'd play Burkhead first among the group for season-long leagues.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (quad) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Michel's media availability was reportedly canceled, which sometimes suggests the player is in danger of missing the upcoming game. We'll look for an update on Michel on Sunday morning. Patriots-Chiefs doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to "easy [Sony] Michel" back into the mix in Sunday's opener against the Dolphins. That's not a surprise considering Michel returned to practice just a couple of weeks ago after May foot surgery. RB Damien Harris' absence might make Michel a slightly better bet for carries vs. Miami, but James White, Rex Burkhead and potentially rookie J.J. Taylor will also be involved. Consider Michel a risk/reward RB3 for Week 1.

Patriots RB Sony Michel was in uniform for Wednesday's practice and participating in individual drills. It's his 1st time on the field since May foot surgery. RB Damien Harris has impressed as both a runner and receiver in Michel's absence. We'll be curious to see where Michel sits in the pecking order now -- and, of course, how he fares returning from that foot issue.

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